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Bottom pool, Josephine Falls
Bottom pool lookout, Josephine Falls
Granite boulders, Josephine Falls
Walking track, Josephine Falls
Map of Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran National Park
Josephine Falls Road
Bartle Frere
Queensland 4861 Australia

Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran National Park
Bartle Frere, Cairns Area

Free Entry

13 7468


Josephine Falls, a scenic section of Wooroonooran National Park, features a scenic waterfall fed by rains falling on Queensland's highest peak, Bartle Frere, which looms above this popular picnic area. Josephine Creek starts as a trickle high on the south-east side of the summit of Bartle Frere and ends as a substantial creek flowing into the Russell River. Approximately 7.5 kilometres from the summit of Bartle Frere, the waters of Josephine Creek tumble over granite boulders, forming the picturesque Josephine Falls.

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Wander along the walking track through lush tropical rainforest to viewing decks overlooking Josephine Creek and falls. From here, enjoy excellent views and opportunities for photography. Do not enter the restricted access area around the top of the falls. Serious injuries and deaths have occurred here. Penalties apply. Flash flooding (rapidly rising water) is common during wetter months. Rapid and unpredictable water level rises have isolated people on the far bank requiring their rescue. The rocks are also exceptionally slippery, the water cold and submerged objects may be in the creek. Never jump or dive into the water and take care around steep slopes and rock faces along the track and at the lookout.

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Property Details


  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks


  • Birdwatching
  • Walking

Open Times

Other Information

The toilets, picnic shelter and picnic tables are wheelchair-accessible. Wheelchair access is available to the viewing platform at the top pool. Stairs lead to the bottom pool.

How To Get There

Josephine Falls is 75 kilometres south of Cairns. Turn off the Bruce Highway 2 kilometres south of Mirriwinni into Bartle Frere Road and follow the signposts for 8 kilometres to Josephine Falls Road and the car park for access to the picnic area and walking track to Josephine Falls. Access is possible by conventional vehicle.


To ensure your visit is fun and comfortable, try to visit between April and October when the weather and track conditions are at their best. Daytime temperatures and humidity can be high at any time of the year and nights can be very cool. Please carry suitable clothing to accommodate all extremes. August to September is generally the driest period, but heavy rain can fall at any time.

Free Entry

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